Release of Smarter Balanced Assessment Scores
Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Scores on May 24, 2017!
What is the
difference between preliminary scores and official scores? Although it is very rare and highly
unlikely, preliminary scores could change. This can happen if it is determined
that a question is invalid or if it is discovered that a scorer made an error.
Again, this is very rare and we do not expect any scores to change. Official
scores are final and will not change. They also have more detailed data.
Why not wait
until they are official? Assessment
scores should be used to guide the learning experiences of our students. These
scores, along with classroom assessments, can be useful in identifying students
who could benefit from summer school or guide course selection for the fall. We
want parents, students and staff to have the preliminary scores before school
is out for the summer. Schools will be open and teachers will still be at
schools if you have questions. When you get your student’s scores, he or she
will be in class with a teacher who knows them well and can help you understand
the scores. We are cautiously optimistic that high school results will be
released before June 22.
When will I
see my student’s official scores? When scores
are finalized this summer, they will be available in Home Access Center and you
will receive a hard copy in September.
What will I
see and what will it mean? For English
Language Arts (ELA) and for math you will see a scale score, achievement
level, met or not met SBA standard achievement level, and claims level. The scale
scores are shown below by grade level. The scale score tells your student’s
current level of achievement. Smarter Balanced Assessments are vertically
scaled so it is easy to see your child’s growth over time.
Each score falls into an achievement level numbered 1-4. Students at levels 1 and 2 are below standard for their grade level and
students at levels 3-4 are above
standard for their grade level. Students at levels 3 and 4 are considered
to have met standard at their grade level. Finally, you will see claim level data. A claim is a broad
learning outcome within each test. In ELA the claims are Reading, Writing,
Research and Inquiry, and Listening and Speaking. In math the claims are
Concepts and Procedures, Problem Solving, Communicating Reasoning, Modeling and
Data Analysis. Your student has a descriptor for each claim of Below, At or Near, or Above Standard.
It is very easy to understand being Below Standard or Above Standard, but At or
Near Standard can be confusing. Because each claim is comprised of many
learning targets, it is not possible to delineate between students who are at
standard or nearly at standard. The test would have to be much longer to test
each learning target to that level.
College and Career Level versus graduation requirement.
Students meet their assessment graduation
requirements by passing SBA at the Washington minimum graduation score, ELA
2548 and Math 2595. However, the accountability requirement for grade 11 is the
college and career readiness cut score at level three. In order to qualify for college level coursework
Washington state without further testing, students must meet the college and
career readiness cut score.
Smarter Balanced Assessment
Scale Score Ranges for Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4
High school cut scores listed above represent college and career readiness level
High School Graduation Requirement Level Cut Scores
ELA - 2548
Math - 2595
Smarter Balanced Assessment
In the spring of 2017, Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) will be administered to students in grades 3-8, 10 and 11 in math and English Language Arts (ELA) for the third year. As a result of shifting to Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Washington state mandated that all school districts implement SBA starting in 2014-15. The new assessments are aligned to the CCSS.
Students in the classes of 2017 and 2018 will fulfill their state assessment graduation requirements by passing the SBA in ELA at the graduation cut score level, one math exit exam or the SBA in math at the graduation cut score level, and the Biology End of Course (EOC). Students in the class of 2019 will be required to pass the SBA in ELA and math at the graduation cut score level, as well as the Biology EOC, to fulfill their state assessment graduation requirements.
Smarter Balanced Assessments are administered online.
- CAT is an online testing method. Questions appear based on whether or not a student answers the previous question correctly or incorrectly. This gives a more accurate measure of each student's performance level.
- PT are extended activities that measure a student’s ability to integrate knowledge and skills across multiple standards—a key component of college and career readiness. Performance tasks will be used to better measure capacities such as depth of understanding, research skills and complex analysis.
When will students be taking these exams?
The state of Washington establishes a testing window in the spring. Our district testing schedule is designed to make the best use of student instructional time and use resources efficiently. The daily testing schedule will be posted on the assessment calendar.
How are we preparing students?
The district has been actively implementing the Common Core State Standards since 2012-13. Curriculum specialists and teachers continue to develop lessons and assessments aligned to the state standards and use them in classrooms. You can learn more about the Washington State Learning Standards at ReadyWA.